Astakhov says 14 adopted kids killed in Russia in 2001-2011, 19 - in U.S.

There are more murders of adopted children in U.S. families than in Russian ones, Russian children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov told journalists.

"Fourteen children were killed in Russian adoptive families in 2001-2011, while in U.S. ones - 19. And even more [children] died in American adoptive families," Astakhov said.

Astakhov said that "a country with self-respect shouldn't sell kids abroad".

"I'm ashamed in front of my ancestors, who come to me every night and ask 'why do you give away kids, while we, on the contrary, always accepted children from other countries - from Spain, Angola, Ethiopia, Nicaragua'. We have to raise healthy and sick kids ourselves. One can't send disabled children abroad, just not to hear about them. Besides, there is no queue among international parents to adopt disabled kids," Astakhov said.

At the same time Astakhov said he was ready to help American parents who couldn't finalize adoption of Russian children because of the adoption ban for the U.S. introduced in Russia.

"If there are such families, who already have a court verdict and who have bonded with the children then they are welcome to contact me - I will consider every case separately and help," Astakhov told journalists on Thursday.

Astakhov said that he has already assisted two American families, which asked for his help.

"They go to the European Court of Human Rights, it's their right. I've helped two families like this, but no one else has contacted me yet except for them," he said.

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